Sexology and the Occult: Sexuality and Subjectivity in Theosophy’s New Age

  • Joy Dixon


Havelock Ellis’s Sexual Inversion—first published in England in 1897 and revised and rewritten in the decades that followed—was one of the earliest English texts to attempt to treat homosexuality scientifically.1 Included in the section “Sexual Inversion in Men” was a series of case studies. Among these studies, and of most interest in this context, was “History XV,” the story of “T.S.,” a thirty-two-year-old artist. Most of the story— which is one of the longest in the collection—is presented in the subject’s own words. For the most part, T.S.’s narrative follows the same format as Ellis’s other cases, and is apparently constructed in response to a series of questions from Ellis himself. He describes his family history, his physical appearance, and his youthful sexual encounters.


Sexual Identity Spiritual Development Past Life Practise Yoga Century Sexual Inversion 
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